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SPN 10.08: “Hibbing 911” Review

Dean Winchester

I want to like Jenny Klein’s “Hibbing 911.” I really do. There was a lot to be said for it. Jody Mills is one of my favorite recurring characters. She’s smart, resourceful, strong, caring, and pairing her up with Donna Hanscum, who was introduced in season nine’s “The Purge,” was a lot of fun to watch. Unfortunately, Klein also indulged in the kind of mythology revision which has become common Read more …


SPN 10.04: “Paper Moon” Review

sam and dean

We time.

Supernatural season ten, episode four, “Paper Moon,” is named for the 1973 comedy starring Ryan and Tatum O’Neal. The movie was about a traveling con man and the girl who may have been his daughter. Familial associations were also called into question in the Adam Glass penned episode named for that Bogdnavich comedy. There’s not much comedy here. Dean has just been cured of being a demon, and the episode kicks off with the boys drinking beer and relaxing lakeside. Much as they deserve the R&R, it feels all wrong, and Dean’s chomping at the bit to get back to work. Read more at Pareidolian

SPN 10.03: “Soul Survivor” Review

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What can one say about the third installment of season three, “Soul Survivor”? It was written by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner and directed by Jensen Ackles, aka Dean Winchester. While Ackles did a good job with direction of pivotal scenes between Dean and Sam, there was only so much he could do with a lackluster script. And what should have been exciting scenes of the brothers’ confrontation at the bunker were drained of suspense and impact by promos showing much of that interaction.

Continue reading my review at Pareidolian Pointe


SPN 10.02: Reichenbach Review

demon dean and cole

Andrew Dabb wrote the second episode of Supernatural season ten entitled Reichenbach, and I can almost forgive him for the disappointing season nine spin-off Bloodlines. Whether it was simply the editing or the script, “Reichenbach” was more smoothly told than the premier episode, “Black.” The narrative was neatly framed by Sam’s storyline – his torture at the hands Cole and his capture of his demon brother. Sam showed that he was willing to suffer not only a beating by Cole but the emotional punches of Dean to save him. More …

SPN 10.01: Black

demon dean

The season premier of Supernatural entitled “Black” was fast paced and wove together loosely connected storylines with demon Dean, Crowley, Sam, and Castiel. Included was some backstory of the previous six weeks since the end of season nine. Sam had been researching and torturing demons trying to locate his missing dead brother. Apparently, Castiel and Sam worked together briefly before Sam was injured due to Castiel’s weakening grace. Sam felt that he was just as well off alone and with a broken “wing.” And demon Dean has been howling at the moon with Crowley. (more…)

SPN 9.23: I Can’t Even

Sam and Dean

“What happened with you being okay with this?” “I lied.”


You know what, guys? I sat down to re-watch the season nine finale of Supernatural, and I just couldn’t. I wanted to finish what I started with this season’s reviews, but nope. I couldn’t bring myself to sit through it again – the recycling of previous seasons and predictable ending were just too much. And the sheer bad writing? Dean punching Metatron instead of stabbing him when he had the chance? Seriously?

And the fan service … Metatron accusing Castiel of breaking the angel tablet, the the most powerful instrument in the universe, not for the angels or humanity but for Dean, and Castiel not denying it? Sheer fan service. Carver reversing roles in a direct plagiarism of the Sam’s dying scene in “All Hell Breaks Loose II” was just lazy, blatantly manipulative writing. Seriously. Another recycled scene.

I can’t even imagine how infuriated the fans are who thought this season was all about the toxic Winchester family dynamic and how it was going to be addressed. Nope again. In the end, Sam was willing to go to extreme measures to save Dean. He even tried to summon Crowley. Would he have been willing to sell his soul? We’ll never know. It didn’t come to that. Those inclined to sit through the season ten crapfest may find out how far Sam is willing to go to get his brother back, but not me.

Season eight, they fooled me once; season nine, shame on me. Short of Kripke returning to pull the show’s ass out of the fire, I’m done. There’s nothing much left of the Gothic horror genre show about two brothers traveling the country together fighting monsters. I’ll go back to my re-watch of the original series.

SPN 9.22: Stairway to Heaven review

Sam and Dean at the bunker

The penultimate episode of season nine, “Stairway to Heaven” by Andrew Dabb was not the cheesefest that Dabb’s backdoor pilot “Bloodlines” was, but it certainly had its issues, not the least of which was lack of surprises. (more…)

SPN 9.21: King of the Damned review-ish


You know there’s a problem with a show when you think, “Well, that could have been a lot worse,” but when the episode was penned by the writing team of Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming, it’s a good thing. How sad is that? I have to say though that there were no PoCs in dog collars or major canon violations. So, they appear to be improving. I’m not suggesting that the writing was sophisticated or subtle. The dialogue was often ham-fisted, the characterization two-dimensional, and scenes cliched. (more…)

SPN 9.20: Bloodlines

“Bloodlines” was not an episode of Supernatural, so I won’t be reviewing it. To be honest, I’m not reviewing it because it was complete schlock and I don’t want to have to watch it ever, ever, ever again. It was like The Godfather meets Knots Landing meets The Originals. Was there really even any reason for the characters to be vampires or werewolves or whatever? And how did that one guy take out a VIP room full of monsters? And shifters who don’t shed their skin now? Really? Why did Jensen, er I mean Dean, look so annoyed throughout the ep and Sam just looked harried and confused? Maybe, they didn’t recognize the world they were in? Or they couldn’t understand how they couldn’t know that a major city was run by monsters? Yeah, I’m confused too. Bloodlines isn’t related in any way to Supernatural. It didn’t even have good eye candy or a character worth investing in.

So I guess this a review by way of non-review. Thoughts?

SPN 9.19: An Alex Annie Alexis Ann ramble or something

[I feel like I need to preface this post by saying that the Dean and Sam presented in the narrative since Jeremy Carver started as show runner are a distinctly different characters from those Eric Kripke created and developed in the first five seasons. While I chafe at how they’ve been molded into this new form, it is what it is. I’m working with what the narrative gives us, and it sometimes gives me a headache.] That being said …

vamp dude hanging around

I have to give writer Robert Berens credit for packing a lot of vampire lore into “Alex Annie Alexis Ann” and getting it right. Unlike some writers on the show in recent seasons, I felt as though he actually did his homework, and that’s a lot of studying. From the first vampire hunt we see the boys on with John in season one’s “Dead Man’s Blood” through Dean escaping purgatory with a vampire buddy in season eight, vampires have a long and varied history on Supernatural. Berens puts that to good use in this episode which brought the return of Sheriff Jody Mills. (more…)